Brendon Ikem & Christian Peter-Jesse Win 2019 World Robot Olympiad (WRO) Nigeria

Brendon Ikem and his pair Christian Peter-Jesse have emerged joint champion at the 2019 World Robot Olympiad (WRO) Nigeria held at the Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island.

The 2019 WRO Nigeria serves as the qualification stage to the upcoming WRO in Gyor, Hungary from November 8 to November 10 [2019]. The qualifiers may have about 22,000 participants according to the organisers.

The theme for the 2019 WRO Nigeria “Smart Cities”, had over 120 students drawn from the public and private schools in attendance.

The 2019 WRO Nigeria was put together by Arc Lights Foundation, the national organiser of the programme since 2011.

Seven-year-old Brendon Ikem, a pupil of Children’s International School, Lekki, Lagos, said that the robotic education means a lot to him, adding that he would love to be the world-renowned Artificial Intelligence (AI).

According to Brendon Ikem:

“I am excited and happy to be the winner of 2019 WRO, I did not win last year but I came second, so, I am more determined to be the champion this year.

I practised and worked hard for this because robotics means a lot to me. I want to be the best in the world.

I will work hard to become the world champion.”

Ikem’s father, Obed, an Engineer, said many preparations had gone into the preparation of his child before he became champion.

In his words:

“So, many preparations had gone into his winning. We have been preparing for this for a long time. We had to teach him coding and build an application for him.

I am a researcher and I gave him a lot of support towards realising his dreams. Nigeria can be a great nation through Artificial Intelligence.”

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